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Massive $29.4M Recall Issued By Harley-Davidson Because Brakes May Not Work

The voluntary Harley-Davidson recall includes more than two dozen bike models that were produced between 2008 and 2011.
The voluntary Harley-Davidson recall includes more than two dozen bike models that were produced between 2008 and 2011. Photo Credit: Contributed

Harley-Davidson is recalling more than 250,000 motorcycles that could cost the company upwards of $30 million after discovering a deficiency in its brakes that could cause them to fail.

The voluntary recall includes more than two dozen bike models that were produced between 2008 and 2011 with anti-lock brakes. The international recall includes 251,000 motorcycles, with an estimated 175,000 of those sold domestically. It is expected to cost Harley-Davidson at least $29.4 million.

The recall notice says that "deposits may form on components within the brake system if the DOT 4 brake fluid is not replaced for a prolonged period of time beyond the 2-year maintenance schedule specified in the Owner’s Manual.”

Officials said that the deposits can cause a valve in the antilock brake control unit to stick. The recall comes following a near two-year investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in July 1996. There have been 43 complaints, three accidents and two injuries reported on the motorcycles associated with the braking problems.

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